About

Sarah Illenberger captures the poetry of everyday life in her objects and installations, blending art and design with her distinctive multidisciplinary approach. Central to her practice is the manipulation of commonplace objects, playing with their materiality and established meanings. Her aim is to surprise and reshape our perceptions, encouraging us to discover the often-overlooked details and symbolism imbued within objects.

Based in Berlin, Sarah Illenberger’s work encompasses sculpture, installations, and photography. She also teaches, hosts workshops, and collaborates with The New York Times, Hermès, Schaubüne, and Mykita, among others. 

Stéphanie Ruth

CV

1976
born in munich
1995
CHELSEA COLLEGE, foundation course, london
1996 – 2000
CENTRAL SAINT MARTINS COLLEGE, ba hons graphic design, london
2000
SARAH & PATRIK DESIGN, founded jewellery label
2000 – 2005
NEON MAGAZINE, illustrator & designer
since 2007
STUDIO SARAH ILLENBERGER, Berlin
2011
UDK BERLIN, guest professor at klasse prof. kufus
2016
VILLA LENA, art residency
2023
CASA BALANDRA, art residency

Exhibitions

2023
ON FIRE, studio c, munich
2023
IN THE PINK, parlour, london
2021
MIMOSEN, pop-up window, grisebach, berlin
2019
WER KANN DER SOLL, gruppenshow, kunstgruppe, köln
2018
DIE NATUR DER DINGE, galerie der moderne, münchen
2018
ART BIESENTHAL, berlin
2018
YOU TOO, gruppenshow, kunstgruppe, köln
2018
SOLID AIR, marsano, berlin
2017
WAHNSINN, gruppenshow, kunstgruppe, köln
2016
BLING BLING, nrw forum, düsseldorf
2015
WONDERPLANTS, parkhaus, berlin
2015
KÖLNER KLOPFER, köln
2014
THE JOURNEY, imm cologne
2013
ART IN BOXES, colette, paris
2013
TUTTI FRUTTI, diesel space, tokio
2012
SARAH ILLENBERGER, voo store, berlin
2011
GOOD WEATHER, gestalten space, berlin

Talks

2021
OFFF, seville
2021
FORWARD FESTIVAL, hamburg
2019
FORWARD FESTIVAL, wien
2018
FORWARD FESTIVAL, zürich
2017
FORWARD FESTIVAL, munich
2016
VITRA DESIGN MUSEUM, weil am rhein
2016
TOCA ME, munich
2014
OFFSET, dublin
2014
TYPO, berlin
2014
PICTOPLASMA, berlin
2013
HERE, it´s nice that, london
2013
PAPIER HIER, antalis, Amsterdam
2013
WE LOVE GRAPHIC DESIGN, copenhagen

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Awards

2015
KÖLNER KLÖPFER, kis, school of design
2011
LEAD AWARD, bronze
2010
ADC AWARD, gold
2009
LEAD AWARD, auszeichnung
2007
LEAD AWARD, auszeichnung
2007
ADC AWARD, auszeichnung
2007
ADC AWARD, bronze
2004
ADC AWARD, auszeichnung
2003
LEAD AWARD, auszeichnung
2003
ADC AWARD, bronze

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